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Feb. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Anna Murr

It was a week of milestones for Grace Christian’s Anna Murr. A junior on the Crusaders’ basketball squad, Murr poured in 22 points in a Monday night victory — in the process passing Jourdan Frye to become Grace’s all-time leading women’s scorer. A night later, Murr scored 17 in another win to surpass 2,000 points for her career. With the rest of this season and another full season remaining before she graduates, Murr’s career will definitely be one for the record books. But fittingly, she’s keeping her accomplishments in proper perspective. 

“I love the game of basketball but I know that I would have never been able to accomplish the things I have without the Lord and without the great teammates and coaches He has surrounded me with,” she told The Herald. “The scoring record is something that is shared by a lot of people.”

    THUMBS DOWN: Homelessness

The ice and bitter winds we experienced this past week or so underscored the necessity of shelter in time of storm. Various agencies and groups in Lee County have addressed that issue over the years, most recently among them Family Promise – which for a little over a year now has partnered with local churches to provide shelter, food and assistance to homeless families. Family Promise is serving just a small percentage of our homeless, though, but how small a percentage, no one knows. 

HAVEN of Lee County has joined a coalition of organizations around the state to attempt to accurately count the number of people and families experiencing homelessness. Lee County Schools has previously estimated as many as 200 students in the system are without permanent housing, but even if it’s a fraction of that number, it’s alarming. A more accurate count of the number will help the county apply for grants and help those organizations seeking to address the dilemma. Ten local shelters are helping out with the count as well. It’s a sad, but necessary task.